Each Day We Can Begin Again

Each Day We Can Begin Again

I have always loved the Easter season, particularly the way it crescendos at the end, culminating in the feast of Pentecost.


Our community of the Daughters of St. Paul, and all the Pauline Family, have a special Marian feast that falls between the Ascension and Pentecost—the feast of Mary, Queen of Apostles. Mary is the mother, teacher, and queen of all those who are sent to bring the good news of Jesus to the world. In some images, she is depicted among the apostles as they are gathered in the upper room, where the Holy Spirit descends upon them. A simpler form shows Mary with the child Jesus—not holding him close to her, but holding him out, as if handing him to someone. She is giving him to the world.

This year, the last few weeks of the Easter season have been special for me for two reasons. For one thing, I have begun the celebration of the 25th anniversary of my first profession. In the diocese of Arlington where I am stationed right now, the sisters of the diocese gather for a Mass and dinner for the jubilarians each year. I say “begun” because the actual date is in late June, and then in August I will have a celebration with the other Daughter of St. Paul jubilarians (25th and 50th) in Boston.

The other very special thing is that my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary is also this year, and my immediate family all gathered for a celebration with them—six children, 5 spouses of children, and 22 grandchildren.

Time passes so quickly. For me, it doesn’t seem like it’s been 25 years since I made my first vows. An anniversary can be a great opportunity to “pause” time for a moment—pause to look with gratitude on all God’s gifts. It can happen that a person feels regret more than gratitude in looking back over the years. In that case an anniversary is a great time to repent, and then to place everything, the good and the bad, trustingly in God’s hands.

The annual feast of Pentecost, with its promised gifts of the Holy Spirit, reminds us that God showers his love and gifts over and over, without growing weary. Each day we receive an abundance. Each day we can begin again to respond and, like Mary, to bring Jesus to the world around us.

Sr Maria Grace Dateno, FSP


Credits for the photograph of Sr. Grace and Mr. and Mrs. Dateno: Maria-Pia  |  Catholic Herald







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    6/21/2016 10:43:26 AM Reply
  • Thank you all so much--for your congratulations and especially for your prayers!
    6/11/2014 1:44:55 PM Reply
  • Congratulations Sister Maria Grace on your dedicated and faithful service to the church for 25 years! May our gracious Lord continue to bless you and all you do in Hi name. Your parents must be very proud! Your writing is very inspirational.
    6/11/2014 9:44:32 AM Reply
  • Dear Sr. Maria Grace, congratulations to you on your special anniversary and many blessings to you in the future. Thank you for sharing your reflections with us. It is especially important for me, as I am having a huge anniversary as a nurse this month ! God bless your parents, too. Pat
    6/8/2014 1:27:03 PM Reply
  • Congratulations to you and give a special congratulations to your parents! Nice article! See you later on this summer.
    6/7/2014 11:18:53 AM Reply
  • Congratulations to you, Sister Maria Grace, and to your parents celebrating their 50th anniversary. What a joy it is to be at peace and enjoy life's journey. It is inspiring to read your reflection and appreciation of God's blessings. Thank you for sharing.
    6/7/2014 10:21:24 AM Reply
  • Beautiful writing and Congratulations again!!! I was delighted to share the breakfast this morning with you and your lovely parents. Take care and continue doing God's work! Hugs.
    6/7/2014 5:55:30 AM Reply
  • Thank you sister Maria Grace for sharing the beautiful reflection.
    6/7/2014 4:14:23 AM Reply
  • Sr. Maria Grace, I wish you much happiness in your celebration of the 25th year of your profession. Your face certainly reflects Christ, as does your writing. Thank you for sharing the Lord with us. Mary Grace
    6/7/2014 3:25:07 AM Reply
  • Dear Sister Maria Grace- Thank you for the beautiful reflection today - and sharing the painting of Mary with her son Jesus- holding Him out to share with the whole world. The joy and radiance in your face , as well as your parents, on this happy occasion is very inspirational. Christ is truly in our midst.
    6/7/2014 1:31:15 AM Reply
  • Dear Sister Maria Grace, What a beautiful and moving reflection! And what a lovely photograph of you and your parents! How blessed they are in having you as their daughter is evident in their radiant smiles. Karina, Sophia and I look forward to seeing you on the 12th. God bless you! Edward
    6/6/2014 11:30:07 PM Reply

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